Millbury Veterans Day Patriotic Concert A Big Hit

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The choir at the First Congregational Church of Millbury sings songs of the Civil War.
The choir at the First Congregational Church of Millbury sings songs of the Civil War. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Adam Mejaour played trumpet during the concert and was the star of the show.
Adam Mejaour played trumpet during the concert and was the star of the show. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Terry Bickford and Roland LaChance uncover the Millbury World War I flag that was found in the attic of the church.
Terry Bickford and Roland LaChance uncover the Millbury World War I flag that was found in the attic of the church. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
First Congregational Church of Millbury with choir giving a concert for Millbury Veterans for Veterans' Day. "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Photo Credit: 3qcWlg2v1nrTcBw5WHSAjQ
Millbury First Congregational Church concert for Millbury Veterans. "America the Beautiful" Photo Credit: 3qcWlg2v1nrTcBw5WHSAjQ
Millbury First Congregational Church concert for Millbury veterans. "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Photo Credit: 3qcWlg2v1nrTcBw5WHSAjQ

MILLBURY, Mass. — The First Congregational Church of Millbury performed a Veterans Day Patriotic Concert for Millbury veterans on Sunday evening.

The show was directed by Lucia Clemente Falco who also played the organ and she put together a fantastic show of patriotic music from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and World War II.

The church recently found a flag that was embroidered during  World War I and had a star for each of the 16 Millbury residents who fought; gold stars were placed for those who died in defense of our country.

The color guard who presented the flag included Terry Bickford and Roland LaChance, who at 87  still fits in his World War II uniform from the Navy. LaChance flew on dive bombers as a rear-seat radio operator and tail gunner. He saw action in the Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

The music and choir accompanists were greatly received by the Millbury residents in attendance. The choir was taken from five area church choirs: First Congregational Church of Sutton, St. John’s Episcopal Church of Sutton, Millbury Baptist Church, Millbury Federated Church and the First Congregational Church of Millbury. They were also joined by the Children’s Choir conducted by Karin Assad.

The violin was played by Kathy Sheperd, accompanied by Janeen Baker and the trumpeter was Adam Mejaour who was the star of the show especially with his performance of "The Stars and Stripes Forever," which closed the program.

Check out the attached video and enjoy. Happy Veterans Day.

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